On my first trip to Europe for J. Strecker in the spring of 2011, I didn’t have any luck finding Cava, so I had a couple contacts in Spain on the lookout for me. Literally a couple weeks before the shipment was to set sail, I got an email from a contact there saying, he had found a great connection for Cava in our price range that he thought was a quality product. He shipped us some samples, and it was good enough to hold the boat. Both the del Lleó & the (NU) are terrific, well-priced Cava and they have been very well received in the Seattle marketplace. You can find them all over the city, in wine shops, grocery stores & restaurants alike.
More from the winery:
Maset del Lleó winery is situated in the very heart of Alt Penedés, the top area in the country for cava production. The D.O. Penedès is situated between the cities of Barcelona and Tarragona, in an area approximately 80km wide, bordered in the north by the Montserrat Mountains and in the south by the Sitges and Tarragona coast. The composition of the land is varied, ranging from clay-limestone areas to the sandy soil found at different depths where the vines put down their roots. The climate is mild in the winter and hot in the summer, without being extreme. The influence of the sea and the sun provides our land with a warm, gentle climate, suitable for cultivating the traditional white varieties such as Xarelo, Parellada and Macabeo (necessary to produce cava) as well red varieties such as Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cariñena.
In 1958, when Maset del Lleó was already a consolidated wine and cava producing company, Antoni Massana bought an old truck and started distributing fruit, vegetables, wine and cava directly to customers in Barcelona. In this way one of Maset del Lleó’s distinctive features came into operation: service direct to the customer. At the end of the 1980s, Maset del Lleó continued to make weekly deliveries in Barcelona, taking the opportunity to take orders for the following week. Continuing today, Maset del Lleó still has telephone orders available to its customers. This direct and personal service with the client initiated a fruitful period of expansion which led Maset del Lleó into transforming and improving the original winery, without losing the family character of the business.
Along the years, Maset del Lleó has incorporated the most innovative technologies of production and communication. Thanks to modern techniques, systems and machinery, the winery has been able to improve upon the original quality of wines and cavas.
Please contact me if you are interested in ordering either of these 2 cava:
Bodegas Maset NV Cava Del Lleo Brut
Bodegas Maset NV (nu) Cava Reserva
Owner, J. Strecker Selections